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New U.S. Travel Restrictions Could Devastate Mexico’s Tourism

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The U.S. government will require travelers over age 2, including U.S. citizens, to show proof of a recent, negative Covid-19 test result before boarding flights to the United States.

President Joe Biden announced a new presidential proclamation stating all travelers entering the U.S. from abroad would need to self-quarantine following the CDC’s recommended guidelines of 7-10 days. Mexico tourism has thrived during the pandemic prior to the new travel restrictions imposed by the Biden administration. Traveling between the United States and Mexico by air was almost just as easy as traveling within the U.S. The only prior requirement for American travelers visiting Mexico was to fill out an online form prior to arrival.

“The Federal Government must act swiftly and aggressively to combat coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The national emergency caused by the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States continues to pose a grave threat to our health and security,” Biden said.

As of January 20, 2021, the United States had experienced more than 24 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 400,000 COVID-19 deaths.

“It is the policy of my Administration to implement science-based public health measures, across all areas of the Federal Government, to prevent further spread of the disease,” Biden added.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), within the Department of Health and Human Services, working in close coordination with the Department of Homeland Security, has determined that the Republic of South Africa is experiencing widespread, ongoing person-to-person transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, including a variant strain of the virus known as B.1.351.  The World Health Organization has reported that the Republic of South Africa has over 1,400,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The Secretary of Health and Human Services, including through the Director of CDC, and in coordination with the Secretary of Transportation (including through the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration) and the Secretary of Homeland Security (including through the Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration), will further examine certain current public health precautions for international travel and take additional appropriate regulatory action, to the extent feasible and consistent with CDC guidelines and applicable law.

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